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IIM-Africa Links Economic Recovery to Reliable Data, Information Management

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(L-r): Abiola Juliana, membership coordinator, Dr. Oyedokun Oyewole, president /chairman, Governing Council, and Musa Zubairu, Registrar, all from the Institute of Information Management (IIM-Africa), during a press conference on forthcoming Public Lecture/induction ceremony held in Lagos on Monday.

The Institute of Information Management (IIM) has declared its plans to bring to the front-burner the need for information management as a tool for economic recovery and business integrity in Nigeria at this year’s public lecture/induction ceremony.

Speaking during a press conference to announce plans to honour different stakeholders in Nigeria and other parts of the world including Prof. Oluyemi Oluleke Osinbajo, vice president, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Oyedokun Oyewole, the Institute’s president/chairman Governing Council, said there can’t be a better time for this all important annual lecture than now in view of the present state of the Nigerian economy.

Dr. Oyewole, said that the need for Government to pay good attention to information management is further reinforced by the demand from Nigerians on the need for good governance and delivery on campaign promises made by the government, as the success of the new administration will critically depend on good information governance.

The Institute of Information Management (IIM) annual lecture, Induction / Investiture ceremony with the theme “Information Management as a Tool for Economic Recovery & Business Integrity in Nigeria” will hold on August 1, 2015 at the University of Lagos Main Auditorium, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos.

He said, “Government should be committed to increasing transparency and access to information, and should therefore ensure appropriate powers, resources and enforcement procedures are in place to facilitate data and information sharing amongst various government agencies. This amplifies the focus the Economy needs to have on information management when collaborating to maximize economic recovery.

“This is not about relinquishing sensitive data. In noting the importance of good data to promote foreign investments, create value, support sound government policy and promote business integrity in the Country.  Knowing what you have and where it is will be a sure-fire means to ensuring the protection of sensitive material”.

The President, IIM-Africa, added that in Nigeria today, it should already be a no-brainer that bringing good practice, standards and systematic governance to the management of data and information ought to be a national priority.

“There is need for the new government to endorse effective information management, which will ensure transparency, accountability, good governance and access to information which becomes an essential aspect of the resources and infrastructure required for economic recovery and promotion of business integrity in government and the society at large and a consequent increase in economic value.

“Government should ensure that all government agencies are held accountable for service delivery by assessing what needs to be done in preparation to make plans and decide what choices and risks that will shape those plans. The shape of such an assessment should be to establish a small task force with responsibility for developing an action plan; review the current condition of information content and supporting infrastructure in all government agencies and parastatals; and map the output from the review against best practice to identify necessary actions, because the time is now to start preparing for MAXIMUM ECONOMIC RECOVERY!”

According to him, the need to develop the Information Management industry cannot be over-emphasized, as successful nations and organizations in the future will depend on how well they enable information to be appropriately managed by professionals thereby ensuring confidentiality, integrity, completeness, and preservation of Information for better decision making and use.

Aside the Lectures, the event will also feature the conferment of the Institute of Information Management (IIM) Fellowship on individuals who have made substantial contribution to the development of the Information Management and Technology profession, its practices or the Institute  of Information Management itself and Honorary Fellows on other professionals with backgrounds outside of Information Management field but are identified as having made significant contributions that impact on the profession and the society or the Institute of Information Management.

Dignitaries expected to be honoured at the event include  HE Prof. Oluyemi Oluleke Osinbajo, (SAN), Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria.,  HE Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Executive Governor of Lagos State,  Alhaji Jani Ibrahim -Chairman/Technical Adviser Lubcon Group, Mr. Abayomi Sutton, Chief Amina Temitope Ajayi, Meic Pierce Owen, Chair – Information and Records Management Sociaty, UK, Engr Femi Okunade, Managing Director / CEO Xerox H.S (Nigeria) Limited, Rasheed Adejare Olaoluwa, Managing Director/CEO Bank of Industry Limited,  Dr. Fidelis Ayebae,  Managing Director, Fidson Healthcare Plc and Wale Tinubu – Group Chief Executive, Oando Plc.

Others are; Godwin Ogagaoghene – Assistant Corp Marshal Zonal Commanding Officer, Federal Road Safety Corps RS 2 Lagos, Oluwatoyin Sanni – Group CEO, United Capital Plc, Hanns Köhler-Krüner,  Research Vice President – Gartner, Subhasis Kesh – Chief Executive Officer , Globe Geosolution Private Limited, as well as many other MDs and CEOs of major Institutions, Information Management and Technology firms among others.

Other categories of inductees include Graduate, Associate, Professional, Senior Professional and Corporate.

The highlight of the event, will be the official Launch of the Institute of Information Management Intervention Program tagged “Data Access Intervention Initiative (DAII)”.

On what Data Access Intervention Initiative (DAII) stands to achieve, he said, “The Data Access Intervention Initiative (DAII) is a program developed by the Institute of Information Management (IIM), aimed at promoting access to information for effective service delivery in the society.

“Individuals and organisations should have access to information as at when needed, as effective data access will enable researchers, policymakers, technology developers and the public access to information, use and share knowledge for informed decisions.

“The initiative is developed to assist in identifying and perusing into the information needs of various sectors of the society, including developing solutions aimed at meeting those needs. With DAII, individuals and organisations will be able to access reliable and accurate information to meet their information needs.

DAI is ultimately expected to facilitate an industry movement to connect citizens to various services like healthcare, education, real estate etc.

The Institute of Information Management (IIM) is the premiere professional membership driven Institute in Nigeria and Africa, approved by the Federal Ministry of Education (FME) with the consent of the Attorney General of the Federation serving the emerging field of Records, Information, Archives, Data, Security, and Document Management Professionals, with partnership and affiliation with different international organizations like the Information and Records Management Society (IRMS), UK, Professional Evaluation and Certification Board (PECB), Canada, Online Business School UK,  The International Association of Privacy Professionals, The International Records Management Trust UK, Information Requirements Clearinghouse USA, Information Governance Conference USA, Tribal Group, Information Matters etc.

The Institute of Information Management is strategically positioned to help government and professionals in both public and private organizations in Nigeria and Africa to develop the required frameworks, tools and culture needed to build capacity by improving professionalism in this essential field, as required in various disciplines including finance, administration, engineering, construction, project management, procurement, IT, communications etc.

Sound policy, clear standards, competence, certification, research and effective processes are all aspects of first-class information management programs that the Institute of Information Management unique faculties has got to deliver through our various learning and professional development programs, aimed at empowering information management professionals globally.

 

 

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Group Tackles Mobil over $600m Oil Bloc

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A non-governmental organisation, the Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA Resource Centre), has requested for clarification on the renewal of some oil mining leases in possession of Mobil Producing Nigeria.

 

In a Freedom of Information (FOI) request issued to the Managing Director, Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited, dated. 2nd January, 2018 and signed by HEDA’s chairman, Mr. Olanrewaju Suraju, the organisation said it is seeking inquiry for the Forensic Audit report regarding the renewal of three Oil Mining Leases (OMLs 67, 68 and 70) for Mobil Producing Nigeria for $600 million.

 

According to HEDA, the renewal of three Oil Mining Leases (OMLs 67, 68 & 70) for Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (MPN) by the Federal Government was widely reported in the newspapers in Nigeria and abroad. The organisation, however, said the details of the terms of the renewed leases were not disclosed to the press, thereby causing so much controversies as to the circumstances surrounding the payment and the amount paid.

 

It would be recalled that based on the valuation conducted by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, MPN and the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) as equity holders, were required to pay $6.375 billion as 100% of the reserve fee. Mobil’s 40% share in the lease was fixed at $2.55 billion, of which there would be a commitment to invest the sum of $1.2 billion in a refinery and gas infrastructure for the domestic market.

 

According to HEDA, “Reports in the public domain and some documents sighted by this organisation, Mobil rejected the said terms and allegedly paid $600 million for the renewal of the three oil blocks which have a combined output of 580,000 barrels of crude oil per day. Curiously, the payment was accepted by the then Minister of State in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Mr. Odein Ajumogobia, who purportedly signed the deal.

 

“However, the predecessor of the erstwhile Minister of Petroleum Resources had refused to endorse this transaction, accusing MPN of undervaluing the oil block. The said leases were however, renewed for 20 years by the erstwhile Minister of Petroleum Resources on behalf of the Government of the Federation.

 

“You will recall the successor of Mr. Ajumogobia in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, rejected the terms for the renewal of this licenses, resulting in a fresh negotiation leading to additional payment by your company for the block.”

 

HEDA said in the light of the foregoing, and in view of the demand of the Nigerian people for the transparent management of the oil and gas industry, “We would appreciate your company furnishing us with details of the renewal and the total amount paid by Exxon Mobil for these licenses. More so, when a Chinese company had offered to pay the difference of $3.75 billion for 40% equity interest in the NNPC-Mobil Joint Venture or $18.75 billion for 100% equity interest in oil and gas reserves at the time of this renewal.

 

“HEDA Resource Centre is hereby requesting, in accordance with Section 1(1) of the FoI Act 2011, for information on the payments and conditions attached to the renewal.

 

“Section 1(1) ‘Notwithstanding anything contained in any other Act, law or regulation, the right of any person to access or request information, whether or not contained in any written form, which is in the custody or possession of any public official, agency or institution however described, is established’.

 

“Section 2(7) ‘Public institutions are all authorities whether executive, legislative or judicial agencies, ministries, and extra-ministerial departments of the government, together with all corporations established by law and ALL COMPANIES IN WHICH GOVERNMENT HAS A CONTROLLING INTEREST and PRIVATE COMPANIES UTILIZING PUBLIC FUNDS, PROVIDING PUBLIC SERVICES OR PERFORMING PUBLIC FUNCTIONS’.

 

“Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited operates a Joint Venture with the Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). The Federal Government has controlling 60 percent share, with the remaining 40 percent being MPN.

 

“As an internationally reputed firm with integrity in standard and discipline, we shall look forward to receiving this report promptly, and in any event, within 7(seven) days after this application is received, as provided for in Section 4 and 4a of the FoI Act 2011,” HEDA said.

 

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Top 5 Money-Saving Tech Hacks for The New Year

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There are so many ways to save money in the New Year and one of such is via technology. This is because when it comes to our digital or tech life, it may be difficult to put a lid on your spending especially if you are a tech whiz.

 

Since we are in the New Year, Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency deems it fit to highlight some money-saving tech hacks.

 

Don’t assume expensive means quality

The perception that expensive means quality is a notion that needs to be changed. An overpriced gadget does not necessarily mean it is durable. This is why it is advisable to do your research before you buy any tech item.

 

Do your research

When it’s time to buy a new tech device, there are a lot of things you have to consider.  But,  if you don’t do your research beforehand, you could end up with something much more expensive than you actually need or something of lower quality. Buying the right product for your needs will ensure you won’t waste money.

 

Buy refurbished

If you are in the market for a new laptop, phone, or any other gadget, buying refurbished is one of the cheapest ways to save some money. Refurbished products are just as good as new products. However, endeavour that you fully scrutinise it to make sure it’s up to standard.

 

Do not rush to buy

You do not have to buy a tech gadget as soon as it is unveiled or released. At that very time or period, it will be expensive notwithstanding if you can afford it or not. If you tarry for a while, you can buy it for a lot lesser.

 

Sell your old devices

When some persons buy a new device, they prefer to give it out rather than selling it. Why not sell that device for a good price and make some money off it? As such, take good care of your current gadgets so that you can sell it at a reasonable price.

 

 

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NNPC To Complete Automation of Crude Oil Marketing Operations in 2018

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has indicated that the automation

of all transactions involving the supply, marketing and sale of the various grades and blends of Nigeria’s crude oil across the world shall be completed in 2018.

Malam Mele Kyari, group general manager, Crude Oil Marketing Division of the Corporation, stated in a recent interview with Oil & Gas Forum, NNPC Weekly TV hinted that the Corporation has achieved 98 per cent of the automation exercise.

According to Kyari, the automation exercise which would be concluded in 2018 had enabled the corporation to achieve an end-to-end monitoring of every barrel of crude oil sold in the country.

“Today at a click of a button we can tell you how much crude oil is sold, at what price, who bought it and where it has gone to etc,’’ he said.

He said that the projection was to operate a complete paperless crude oil data management regime in line with the ongoing transformation of the processes which has witnessed sweeping reforms since 2015.

He listed the reforms to include; the open bid process of customer selection for lifting and purchase of Nigeria’s crude oil grades, emplacement of efficient crude for product import processes, leading to savings of $1 billion in one year as well as the introduction of improved pricing system, which has evolved into a robust and auditable pricing mechanism.

The GGM also explained that the reform had led to the harmonization of Nigeria’s crude oil data and lifting information, providing access to major internationally recognized reporting agencies like Plat and Argus Media to achieve real time reporting of Nigeria’s crude oil transactions.

He said this development had enabled the country to eliminate the perennial disagreement with its major stakeholder, the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on actual production and lifting figures.

On the recent Policy Dialogue on crude oil sales and reserve Management in Nigeria organized by the African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development, Malam Kyari said the forum provided the corporation an avenue to clarify some misinformation on the operations of crude oil marketing.

He said NNPC would continue to engage members of the public and other critical stakeholders to keep them abreast of innovations in the supply, marketing and sale of the various grades and blends of Nigeria’s crude oil across the world.

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